The May Avenue by Clarice Cliff, 1933. An avenue of red-roofed houses and spade-shaped trees, with a tree in green Cafe-au-Lait foliage in the foreground, all in pen outline. Sold for GBP34,000 at Christie’s South Kensington in 2003
Clarice Cliff, the most renowned and collectable British Art Deco ceramist, active from 1922 to 1940. Given a series of rejected pieces of pottery to paint, Cliff - barely more than a girl - used the whole colour spectrum for her palette and when asked how she would describe her style, she said "Bizarre." And so Bizarre Ware, her first and most collectable range was born.